Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan warns members against disrupting others from speaking

Mahajan preceded her warning by noting that she has been observing for the past two days that some opposition members were creating such disruption.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 8, 2016 3:34 pm
Lok Sabha, Lok Sabha news, Parliament, Parliament news, India news, Sumitra Mahajan, Sumitra Mahajan Lok Sabha, Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, India news Speaker Sumitra Mahajan speaks in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

Opposition members protesting in the Lok Sabha over the demonetisation issue were Thursday warned of strict action if they attempted to disturb any member who has been called to speak by the Chair. The warning came from Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who observed that disrupting a member who has been called to have his say is “not at all appropriate” and members should bear this in mind or she would be forced to take “stringent action.”

WATCH VIDEO | Government To Waive Service Tax On Debit, Credit Card Transactions Of Up To Rs 2,000

Mahajan preceded her warning by noting that she has been observing for the past two days that some opposition members were creating such disruption. While some members have taken protesting and slogan- shouting as their right, a member asked by the Chair also has the right to be heard, Mahajan said wryly.

Unlike the last several days when she allowed opposition leaders to speak for a while in the Zero Hour, she did not let them do so today, saying they could speak only if they agree to a debate. Her observations came a day after TRS member A P Jithender Reddy was called by the Chair on Monday to initiate the debate on demonetisation under Rule 193 which does not entail voting, but faced continued disruption by TMC members.

WATCH VIDEO | One Month Of Demonetisation: Public Reaction

Wednesday, when Reddy had started reading out his written speech, Opposition members, particularly those from the TMC, came near his seat and indulged in vociferous slogan-shouting, apparently to drown his voice in the din. Large number of Congress and other Opposition parties were also seen raising slogans from the aisles or inside the Well.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. B
    Bijan Mohanty
    Dec 8, 2016 at 11:44 am
    When Modiji prefers election rallies in UP over his attendance of Parliament, there cannot be a more shameful day in indian democracy.
    1. D
      Dec 8, 2016 at 12:51 pm
      Respected Madam, Indian people are wise enough to understand the proceedings of both houses of parliament and expect good debate to understand issues of national importance. But the present disruption by "Interested parties" and silent support by ruling party is playing cruel joke on psyche of Indian people. Please conduct it properly. You are definitely capable . You should balance political pressure and dignity of debate and psyche of Indian people . Enough is enough: Please do it or else allow capable person to run the proceedings.
      1. subraman
        Dec 8, 2016 at 11:58 am
        “Arguments cannot be answered by personal abuse; there is no logic in slander, and falsehood, in the long run, defeats itself.” lt;br/gt;― Robert G. Ingersoll,